Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and Labor

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    Bed rest is one of the most widely used interventions in obstetrics with as many as 95 percent of obstetricians prescribing it to their patients. However, studies have shown that immobility during bed rest is physically and emotionally devastating. While the research doesn’t always support bed rest, many of our patients have benefited from it. If your doctor or midwife suggests it, of course you can discuss the pros and cons, but don’t fight it. Your provider only wants what is best for you and...Read More
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    Why do so many pregnant women have back pain? A lot happens in nine months! Some changes are obvious, some are not. The obvious change is in the size of your belly. Some women carry small, some women, not so much. Whatever the size, you will feel a change. Your muscles and ligaments that once stabilized your spine are now being altered by the new tenant taking over your uterus, and your center of gravity is shifting forward with your growing breasts and abdomen. Keeping your core strong and stretching...Read More
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    We know some of you may be feeling nauseous and lethargic. Exercise is the furthest thing from your mind. But it is important for both you and your baby. If you want to feel better both mentally and physically, then throw on your sneakers and start exercising. You may have a lot of questions or not be sure what to do. Your mom, boss, and friends are all telling you different things. Plus, what you read on the internet conflicts with everyone’s expert opinion. So who is right? Your doctor or midwife...Read More

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Jill Hoefs

Jill Hoefs, MPT, is a certified physical therapist with special interests in ergonomics, sports medicine, and women’s health. She is also a licensed instructor in the Tupler Technique, a non-surgical program to help restore the abdominal wall after pregnancy, surgery, or rapid weight gain. Dr. Hoefs is the founder of Body Align Physical Therapy in Manhattan.

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